2 Days in Paris: The Excellent Weekend Itinerary

Paris. The identify alone conjures up photos of decadent meals, luxurious wine, Renaissance structure, and naturally, the enduring Eiffel Tower. Many individuals dream of visiting this well-known metropolis, and for good motive! Spend 2 days in Paris and see for your self what this magical place has to supply. 

With a weekend in Paris, you’ll be capable of benefit from the historical past, artwork, food, wine, markets, and buying — there’s a bit of one thing for everybody within the French capital.

We spent 5 days in Paris throughout our travels around Europe, however not everybody has that period of time to spend within the metropolis. Even when you’ve got simply 2 days, plan a weekend in Paris — you received’t remorse it! With so many low cost (direct) flights from North America and Europe, attending to Paris is straightforward. 

The gorgeous River Seine runs by way of Paris

Right here’s my good itinerary for two days in Paris that will help you plan your journey.

Day 1 in Paris

Waking up in Paris is such an thrilling feeling! You’ll wish to begin your day without work proper with a tasty breakfast and occasional. Until you’re an actual breakfast individual, I recommend doing because the Parisians do and holding your first meal easy — pastry and a espresso. Then, get on along with your day.

Morning

I don’t find out about you, however having an genuine, Parisian croissant or a ache au chocolat was excessive on my listing when planning our journey to Paris. Begin your day with a buttery, baked good at one of many many Patisseries. I like to recommend Notre Patisserie within the seventh Arrondissement which has delicate baked items on provide. 

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All of the yummy pastries at Notre Patisserie

The ladies working on this cute little store are sort and welcoming. A croissant with and flakey ache au chocolate will set you again about €2.50.

For espresso, if you end up within the seventh, I like to recommend the Bleu Olive cafe (the employees right here converse English and the espresso is sweet), or Terres de Cafe — the homeowners pioneered specialty coffees within the nation. If you happen to’re in Le Marais space (the 4th), take a look at The Caféothèque of Paris and in the event you’re in Montmartre (the 18th), don’t miss The Hardware Société.

Insider tip: espresso is kind of dear in Paris (assume €4 – €6 for a small latte), so you could wish to see in case your resort or Airbnb lodging has espresso on provide or a espresso maker within the room. 

After you’ve had some breakfast, it’s time to go on a free strolling tour of Paris to get your self oriented with the town and to study among the fundamental historical past. Free strolling excursions are one of the best factor to do once you first go to a metropolis, and Paris isn’t any exception. 

There are a couple of firms you could go along with, however we selected SANDEMANs and loved the expertise. There are a couple of time slots all through the day, however attempt to be a part of the 10:30am one so you possibly can maximize your 2 days in Paris.

The tour ends exterior of the Louvre and the Arc de Triumph, which, because you’re making an attempt to see an enormous metropolis in a brief time frame, means this might be an excellent time to go to the Louvre Museum.

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The spectacular Louvre Museum

However first, lunch.

Afternoon

By this level within the day, your pastry may have worn off and also you’re in all probability prepared for a meal. 

An important lunch spot that I like to recommend is Bistrot Victoires, situated within the 1st Arrondissement simply an 8-minute stroll from the Louvre. This buzzing spot affords scrumptious, inexpensive meals. And, there may be an English menu out there.

Order the tender duck confit with garlic fried potatoes and salad (€12.50), or the fall-off-the-bone roast hen with do-it-yourself mashed potatoes and gravy (€10.90). You’ll be able to thank me later!

Wash all of it down with a glass of wine, or a craft beer and also you’re all set to maintain exploring.

Earlier than you enter the Louvre, stroll 7 minutes from the restaurant to the Église Saint-Eustache — a powerful gothic church, which is free to enter.

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The unimaginable Église Saint-Eustache

From the church, it’s a 10-minute stroll to the Louvre Museum, which is the biggest artwork museum on this planet — housing round 38,00zero objects.

Now, in the event you’re an artwork lover or a historian, you’ll wish to spend a while right here admiring the entire items. It’s possible you’ll even wish to join a guided tour to totally perceive all that the Louvre has to supply (and to not get misplaced within the 72,734 sq. meter / 782,910 sq. foot constructing!). 

Since we’re not large on museums, we solely spent 1.5 hours within the Louvre ticking off the highlights — the Crown Regent, the Mona Lisa (from a distance as a result of the road up was large), Venus de Milo, Victoire de Samothrace (Winged Victory), and plenty of extra work and sculptures. 

If you happen to don’t ebook a guided tour, you’ll have to buy your entrance ticket beforehand and I like to recommend getting a skip-the-line ticket, because the wait instances might be big. We bought this ticket and had been in a position to enter straight away. Click here for details.

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The superb ceiling within the Louvre – we solely spent about 1.5 hours, however you possibly can spend a complete day in right here…

Late Afternoon

From the museum, make your technique to the Eifell tower, the enduring image of Paris!

Whereas we personally didn’t climb up the tower, many individuals wish to get that incredible view of the town and benefit from the expertise of being in the Eifell Tower. You’ll want a particular ticket for that, click here for a skip-the-line go with entry to the second degree. 

After testing the Eiffel Tower, it’s time to hop on a ship and take a 1-hour cruise down the River Seine (which departs from close to the Eiffel Tower). Move by well-known monuments, resembling Les Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, the Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, and Grand Palais — whereas studying about these websites out of your audioguide. 

The one hour boat trip is an effective way to see the town from a unique vantage level. To not point out, it’s very inexpensive. Click here for particulars and to ebook your boat ticket on-line.

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The enduring Eiffel Tower in Paris!

Night

Lastly, to spherical off your first day in Paris, get pleasure from dinner at Constant Cafe.

This restaurant is situated within the seventh Arrondissement and is run by Michelin Star chef Christian Fixed — who owns 6 eating places in Paris. Plus, he was truly a choose for Four years on the French model of High Chef.

To be sincere, I didn’t know any of these issues concerning the restaurant earlier than we determined to go to. I simply learn one weblog that urged going to Fixed Cafe, and I’m glad I discovered that article. 

The small Bistrot type restaurant affords comforting, hearty, French dishes at inexpensive costs. It’s an informal place, so that you don’t have to fret about dressing up in your most interesting clothes to get pleasure from incredible meals. 

With do-it-yourself dishes resembling French beef filet with mignonette pepper, scallops roasted with salted butter, and free-range hen roasted with herby butter, and potatoes with bacon and child onions…the one downside is deciding what to order! 

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This beef stew at Fixed Cafe was so tasty!

I personally suggest the meat stew, escargot, cream of pumpkin and chestnut soup and the profiteroles with chocolate sauce. Make a reservation as this place fills up quick. 

Day 2 in Paris

Rise up early and luxuriate in your final full day within the metropolis.

Morning

If you happen to’re having fun with a weekend in Paris, you’ll undoubtedly wish to go to the Bastille Market on Sunday Morning. If you happen to’re spending 2 days in Paris in the course of the week, this market can also be open on Thursday.

The Bastille Market opens at 7:00am, however because you had been in all probability out a bit late final night time, you don’t should arrive when it opens. Plan to be on the market round 9:00am, which is when many locals arrive as nicely. 

It is a correct market with residents stocking up on their meals for the week. 

The out of doors Bastille Market is likely one of the greatest we’ve ever been to. Positioned on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir with the Place de la Bastille’s Colonne de Juillet (monument commemorating the Revolution) because the backdrop, you’ll discover over 100 stalls promoting every little thing from artisanal cheese and meats to recent vegatables and fruits.

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The bread stand…one among our favourites!

Plus, there’s an space of the market devoted to housewares and clothes. 

After searching and buying (and sampling!), it’s time to maneuver on.

Make your method by foot to Le Marais neighbourhood (within the 4th Arrondissement), passing by way of the gorgeous Place des Vosges, and the National Archives Museum and Garden.

Proceed wandering by way of the slender, crooked alleyways, whereas passing by boutiques, classic retailers, museums, artwork galleries and extra. Previous to Napolean, all of Paris regarded like Le Marais, however nowadays, this quarter is all that’s left of the medieval streets and pre-revolutionary buildings. 

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Stumbling upon this Nationwide Archive Museum was a pleasant shock

Spend a while right here having fun with the twists and turns and distinctive retailers earlier than grabbing a chew to eat. Preserve lunch easy as we speak and seize a falafel to go at one of many many fashionable retailers on Falafel Road in Le Marais — I like to recommend Chez Hanna for its falafel. Or, go for a tasty crepe on the highly-rated La Droguerie.  

Afternoon

Within the late afternoon, it’s time to discover one other stunning neighbourhood in Paris — Montmarte within the 18th Arrondissement

Stroll to the Etienne Marcel station in Le Marais and take Metro Four to Montmarte. Perched on a hill, that is the artist district of the town and is a spot the place you’ll see artists portray within the plazas, musicians on the road nook, and avenue artwork on the partitions. In truth, well-known artists resembling Picasso, Modigliani, Monet and Van Gogh all lived round right here. 

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Montmarte is an space of Paris you don’t wish to miss in your weekend go to

For the reason that neighbourhood is on a hill, there are fairly a couple of steps to succeed in the Sacré-Coeur — the 1914 basilica that towers over Montmarte. If steps aren’t your factor, you possibly can at all times hop on the funicular and trip up!

After wandering across the quiet lanes and visiting the Sacré-Coeur, make your technique to Le Mur des Je t’aime (Love Wall), which is a wall painted with “I Love You” in quite a few languages. Snap a photograph and keep it up.

If you happen to’re searching for a bit of “decide me up” at this level, pop into The Hardware Société for a espresso. 

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The Sacre Coure dominates Montmarte

Night

To spherical off the weekend in Paris, get pleasure from a wonderful homecooked meal by an awarded French chef! We discovered this experience on Airbnb and might’t suggest it sufficient. 

Chef Nick greeted us at his atelier (personal workshop/studio) and instantly, we felt like we had been having dinner with a good friend.

Nick is welcoming, humorous and stuffed with fascinating tales about Paris and France as a complete. I received’t give away the menu or share any photographs as he likes to maintain it a shock, however it’s a surprising 3-course meal with wine. I’m a little bit of a choosy eater and I cherished every little thing on the menu — so I’m positive you’ll too!

This received’t be a personal dinner (until you ebook it that method), and we had one different traveller who joined us. It’s an effective way to fulfill new individuals from around the globe, whereas eating on tasty meals in a incredible setting. Click here to study extra. 

Different Issues To Do With 2 Days in Paris

The weekend in Paris itinerary I set out above is fairly jam-packed, however in the event you’re the kind of one that can rise up early and go to mattress late, you might need time for extra. Or, perhaps you’re not within the ideas above. Listed below are a couple of different enjoyable issues to do with 2 days in Paris. 

The Catacombs

Descend 30 meters beneath floor into the catacombs of Paris. These are the previous limestone quarries, which had been was mass graves when the cemeteries grew to become full. There are 200 miles (320 kilometers) of tunnels below Paris, housing the bones of between 6 and seven million individuals! 

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The catacombs are an eerie, however fascinating expertise to have in Paris

If you happen to get claustrophobic or are creeped out by skeletons, this tour received’t be for you. We each actually loved the eerie expertise and suggest getting the audioguide, in any other case, you’ll do not know what you’re taking a look at. Click here for a skip-the-line ticket with an audioguide. You could find the Catacombs here on the map.

Stroll Alongside The River Seine

If you happen to don’t wish to take the river cruise, it’s nonetheless good to stroll alongside the river. It is a nice technique to get away from the visitors of the busy streets and luxuriate in a quiet stroll. 

Pantheon

Sure, there’s a Pantheon in Paris, not simply Rome! Positioned within the fifth Arrondissement (Latin Quarter), this gorgeous mausoleum homes the stays of many necessary French residents. Whereas the outside is gorgeous, inside you’ll discover pillars, embellished domes, and art work. Discover it on the map, here

Luxembourg Gardens

These gardens are big! Courting from the 17th century, these formal gardens (which spans 25 hectares) are an awesome place to calm down and other people watch or go for a stroll. Right here you’ll discover ponds, timber, orchards, greenhouses, 106 statues, and way more. If you happen to’re feeling lively, you too can play tennis right here. Discover the gardens on the map, here

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The beautiful Luxembourg Gardens are an awesome spot to sit back out for some time

Attending to Paris from The Airport

Earlier than you possibly can get pleasure from your Paris travels, you first have to get into the town from the airport. You need to know that there are Three airports in Paris, and I’ll listing easy methods to get from the airport to Paris for each.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (the principle one)

If you happen to’re flying in from North America, Australia, South America or Asia, you’ll most certainly land right here. That is the key worldwide airport in Paris, it’s additionally one of many largest in Europe.

To get into the middle of Paris, you possibly can take the Metro (RER), a taxi, the bus, Uber, or a personal driver.

Metro (RER): The metro (RER B) operates from Charles de Gaulle to Gare du Nord (within the 10th Aronndessemont). It’s a couple of 35-minute journey. That the metro runs from 04:50 to 23:50, so plan your journey accordingly. Click here for an in depth put up on getting from the Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris.

Taxi: If you happen to’re arriving late, or in the event you don’t wish to cope with determining easy methods to take the metro (whereas being jet-lagged!), then simply hop in a taxi. Observe the indicators from arrivals in direction of the taxi stand. There’s a flat charge relying on which a part of the town you might be in. Charges are between €50 – €65 euros, with the journey taking about 45 minutes to the Eiffel Tower (seventh Arrondissement).

Bus: The Roissy Shuttle bus takes about an hour to get into the town and runs from 6:00 am to eight:45 pm, each 15 minutes, and eight:45 pm to 00:30 am each 20 minutes. The bus picks up from Terminal 1, Terminal 3, Terminal 2AC,  Terminal 2D and Terminal 2EF, and drops off at Opera in Paris. 

Orly Airport

That is the principle home airport in France, with Air France and Transavia France working out of right here. 

From this airport, your greatest wager is taking the Orly bus which hyperlinks the airport to Denfert-Rochereau within the 14th Arrondissement. The bus runs from 6:00am to 12:30am, with departures each 15-20 minutes. The ticket prices €8.70 a method.

One other bus possibility is Bus Line 1, which runs from Orly Airport to Gare Montparnasse (with stops on the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro, and Etoile/Champs Elysées). This journey takes between 30 and 40 minutes. It’s €12 euros a method, or €20 for the return journey.

Paris Beauvais Airport

If you happen to’re taking a finances airline resembling Ryan Air or Wizz Air, that is the place you’ll arrive. Whereas the price of the flight might sound low cost, you need to consider that this airport is farther away from the middle, with longer journey instances, and that you simply’ll nonetheless have to get from the arrival level in Paris, to your resort. 

From the Beauvais airport, hope on the Beauvais shuttle bus which departs from the airport and arrives at Porte Maillot. The journey is 1 hour and 15 minutes (visitors allowing), and tickets might be bought upfront or once you arrive. From Porte Maillot, you’ll have to take a taxi, or the metro to succeed in the middle.

The price is €17 euros every method. Click here for particulars.

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Road artwork in Montmarte

Take pleasure in Your Weekend in Paris!

The Metropolis Of Lights actually is a dream vacation spot, and in the event you get the possibility to go to, leap at it. Whereas two days isn’t loads of time, it’s sufficient to see the principle highlights of Paris…and eat some scrumptious delicacies when you’re at it!

My greatest tip can be to stroll as a lot as you possibly can so that you see the entire “in-between” bits. It’s concerning the journey as a lot as it’s the vacation spot. Paris may not be the cheapest destination in Europe, however it’s price each euro. Bon voyage! 

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